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Advanced Manufacturing

We're built to build

Edmonton’s manufacturing strengths include industrial machinery, metal fabrication, construction materials, nanotechnology and microelectromechanical systems, and petrochemical products.
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Skilled Talent Supply

Out of Canada’s major cities, Edmonton has the second most skilled trades people in Canada (per population) and the most engineers in Canada (per population), making for the best labour force for the advanced manufacturing sector. This is partly due to our excellent educational facilities such as NAIT, the largest apprenticeship training school in Canada, and the University of Alberta, with its Faculty of Engineering, which is consistently recognized as one of the best in Canada and the world.

No Project too Big—or Small

Edmonton has facilities and networks to support growth in the research and commercialization of nanotechnology and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs) technology. Alberta has had significant success in the commercialization of nanotechnology and MEMs with leading companies in the areas of circuits/chips, calibration systems and bio-detection, as well as nano-biotechnology. These technologies can be adapted and applied across fields including chemistry, agriculture, and health.

Edmonton is home to the nanoFAB Centre, NanoCanada, the National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT), and the Alberta Centre for Advanced Microsystems & Nanotechnology Products (ACAMP), all of which support the development and commercialization of high-tech nano & MEMs research and products.

The Edmonton Metro Region is home to

40 per cent

of Alberta's manufacturing

#1 largest

hydrocarbon processing region in the country

#1 largest

apprenticeship training school in Canada, with 8,400 apprentices attending NAIT per year

Business development in the Edmonton region isn’t comparable to any other location. It’s a city where people and businesses are so quick to band together in the pursuit of greatness.
Traci Bednard VP of Communications & Passenger Experience, Edmonton International Airport
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Ideally Located

Edmonton is ideally positioned in the middle of Western Canada along major transportation corridors, making Edmonton the only major city that can access all major cities in Western Canada within 24 hours or less by highway.

The High Load Corridor is a north-south transportation facility that allows for large equipment and fabricated modules to be shipped to oil and gas facilities in northern and eastern Alberta. The corridor is centered on Highway 21 and Highway 15, running east of Edmonton to points north and northeast.

As the closest urban supply centre to the port at Prince Rupert—Canada’s deep water port to Asia—Edmonton also has intermodal facilities that allow for the transfer of containers and cargo between rail and road. These are operated by both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Railways.

You don’t bump elbows here. You don’t get stuck behind a wall of red tape. There are no limits to what you can achieve beyond the reach of your own ambition.
Traci Bednard VP of Communications & Passenger Experience, Edmonton International Airport

Success Stories


For more information on Edmonton’s Advanced Manufacturing sector, get in touch with our Enterprise Edmonton division.